Sports Drinks & Your Teeth

Whilst it is indeed true that drinking enough fluid can keep a person hydrated both during and after a work out and the need for the body to be adequately hydrated at all times is of utmost importance, dental researchers have discovered that if sports drinks are consumed in excess it can lead to severe tooth decay if not treated properly.

The above finding came to light after experiments were carried out which involved the cutting in half of calves` teeth and immersing each half either in a sports drink or water. After only seventy five to ninety minutes the teeth which had been placed in the sports drink began to show signs of decay in that tiny holes started to appear, whereas the halves of teeth that were placed in water showed no signs of decay whatsoever. Unfortunately, brushing one`s teeth after consuming a sports drink would be to no avail and could, in fact, only exacerbate the problem due to the presence of citric acid in the drink which actually softens the tooth enamel thus making it even more vulnerable to harsh brushing.

As well as potentially harming one`s teeth should they be taken in excess, these drinks are not necessarily good for the body either as they are known to contain up to two thirds the amount of sugar as sodas and even more sodium. Furthermore, they sometimes contain high levels of fructose as well as food colouring and artificial colours which really should not be present in the human body.

People who exercise as a means of trying to lose weight should be aware that sports drinks can be anything but slimming. In fact, exercisers could be taking in even more calories during their workout whilst consuming a sports drink than they burn! There are, however, a number of low calorie sports drinks on the market but even so these tend to contain a lot of artificial sweeteners which can be even worse for the body than sugar or corn syrup, the latter containing a high amount of fructose. Furthermore, a lot of them contain a high amount of processed salt too, which is intended to replace the electrolytes one loses through sweat induced exercise. Nevertheless, unless one is sweating excessively over a period of time the body does not really need the extra salt these drinks provide and over time they could be potentially harmful to one`s health. Also, as salt increases one`s thirst a sports drink will not quench it but only prompt one to drink even more.

Thankfully, should one`s teeth become damaged through excess use of sports drinks, at least remedial dentistry and other treatments such as teeth whitening are available for consideration. However, the long term affects of over consumption of sports drinks on the body is not good at all and these affects cannot, perhaps, be as easily remedied as damage to the teeth can. Furthermore, the consumption of sports drinks is only understood to benefit just 1% of the people who drink them.

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